Friday, August 14, 2009

Dawn of a New Age

Old mine structure near Leadville, Co.

I've been playing with Photomatix (software for creating HDR images) for awhile. This is one of my better attempts. There are a rather complicated and bewildering assortment of adjustments used to control the effect.  I still learning which types of images and situations that I think work well with HDR and how best to process them.

This shot was made up of 3 images taken at -1, 0, and 1 EV.  One interesting side effect is that the clouds are very soft due to the movement between shots.  I find the sharpness of the building against the softness of the clouds rather pleasing.

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16 comments:

Quiet Paths said...

This is truly a wonderful shot. I just love it. Well done.

Sylvia K said...

What an incredible shot, Russ! It looks like a painting! And the colors are breathtaking!

Have a great weekend!

Sylvia

SquirrelQueen said...

That is so beautiful, you did an wonderful job of creating this scene.

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JPT said...

Wow!

fourwindsphotojournal said...

I love this shot. That software sounds interesting. I 'll have to look at it.
The colors in this are wonderful.

Marka said...

Wonderful HDR photo! I like how the sunlight graces the distant peaks as well.

Gaelyn said...

Russ, I didn't understand any of what you did. But I love it. An excellent capture.

J Bar said...

That's an absolutely awesome shot.
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Happily Retired Gal said...

Marvelous image paired with a perfect title. You have my imagination off and running. Luv your SmugMug slideshow too. I've been meaning to explore that but haven't gotten around to it yet. Did I see a Yellow Lab as white as my Molly in this mix? Methinks so ;--)
Hugs and blessings,

Linnea W said...

Excellent results. What a terrific scene even if you don't use any special effects...

kaye said...

It is very pleasing, nicely done.

Russ said...

Thanks everyone!

BTW - Photomatix has a free download that you can use to play with.

HRG - Lyra is my brother's family's lab. Quite the cutey, eh?

Kitty said...

Fabulous shot! Everything is absolutely perfect. Since I always have difficulty getting the right exposure in my skies, I've started joining up shots individually exposed for the ground and sky - so thanks for mentioning the software!

ms toast burner said...

Fantastic photo!

rozydesouza said...

Very interesting works, glad you captured them to share with us!
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sarala said...

I think this turned out really well. It sounds like interesting software!